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09.17.12 09.17.12 >> from pacifica, this is democracy now! >> one in the we have been to cause all that is highlighting the brunt test economic inequalities around the world. the dirty five letter word of class that was considered one of verbal, is now on everyone's list in the protesters are verging on manhattan to mourn the first-year anniversary of
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occupy. we will look at the movement one year later with nathan schneider. >> i think that what has been happening is that the occupiers and all the people who really responded to their rhetoric, and to their dramatic depiction of financial of capitalism in the control and out of control. what people have been figuring out how to do is to move the protest into the neighborhoods and into workplaces, schools. >> and we will look and how occupy protesters in brooklyn, new york could wage a rent strike. >> they have to help us.
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we have people in the building. >> all that and more coming up. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. public-school teachers in chicago voted to continue their strike, prompting the city's mayor, rahm emanuel, to threaten legal action to force their return to the job. teacher delegates failed to approve the proposal over the weekend. the teachers union president karen lewis said delegates want more time to consult with the rank and file. >> contracts are always a set of negotiations. our members are not happy and they want to have the opportunity to talk to their members, they want to know if there is any more they can get.
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we told them basically we feel this is the deal the board has. when you have expectations of democracy, then that is what happens. came one dayote after thousands of teachers and their supporters rallied in chicago's union park. the standout center around education reforms, including a proposed teacher evaluation process the union says relies too heavily on standardized testing. in response, mayor rahm emanuel says he will seek a court injunction to bring the strike to an end. a wisconsin judge has struck down large parts of scott walker's law barring collective bargaining rights. juan cole laws overturned the law as it applies to city, county, and school district workers sang in by levin their freedom of speech and free
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association. governor walker has vowed to appeal the order, saying it was issued by the liberal activist judge. walker will likely seek to freeze the appeal. eight civilians have been killed in a bombing by the u. s-led nato occupation force in afghanistan. local villagers say they were collecting firewood when they were under attack. >> those killed are all women. they are not able to distinguish between sticks and guns. the women were collecting wood. you infidels and americans could not see the difference between a piece of wood and a gun? times have seven others were also wounded. >> the nato occupation meanwhile continues to face a relentless wave of attacks from inside the afghan ranks. on sunday, four u.s. soldiers
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were killed, two wounded by a member of the afghan police. a nato spokesperson said this followed a separate attack on foreign troops. >> there were two more insider attacks within the last 24 hours. mr. day coming in the late afternoon, we had an insider attack where a member of the afghan local police was killing two soldiers, wounding another british soldier. the shooter had been killed in that incident. in the early morning hours today, four isaf members were killed, a member of the afghan police. this incident is still under investigation. as soon as we have more
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findings, we will find -- bring them to you. >> inside attacks have claimed 51 lives this year, well surpassing of the deaths in 2011. the obama administration has ordered the evacuation of government personnel from tunisia and sudan amidst ongoing unrest throughout muslim countries because of response from a home made anti-muslim film. the u.s. says it is withdrawing diplomatic officials from sudan and yemen as a precaution, not due to any actionable intelligence. the order in sudan came after a sudanese government rejected an effort to deploy in marine unit to protect embassy. the libyan government meanwhile
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says it has made more than 50 arrests in the connection to be attack on the u.s. consulate christopher stevens and others. after pressure from the u. s, the egyptian prime minister has made arrests and cleared protesters from tahrir square. on friday, the four bodies killed in libya return to andrews air force base outside of washington. president obama paid tribute to their lives and vowed to bring justice to their killers. >> to the families and colleagues, to all americans, know this, their sacrifice will never be forgotten. we will bring to justice those who took them from office -- us. we will stand fast against the violence on our diplomatic
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missions. we will continue to do everything in our power to protect americans serving overseas, whether that means increasing security at our diplomatic posts, working with our host nations, which have an obligation to provide security, and making it clear that justice will come to those who harm americans p.m. israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu continues to push the case for military action against iran. speaking on sunday, he said iran is close to developing the enriched uranium needed for a nuclear weapon. >> as they get closer and closer to the achievement of weapons-grade material -- they are very close. they are about six months away of having about 90% of materials. you have to place that red line before them now before it is too late.
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we have to stop them. do not let these fanatics have nuclear-weapons. it would be a mistake. it is terrible for israel and for america. >> despite his warning about the six-month window, this was not the first time that netanyahu has made such a prediction. in 1992, 20 years ago, he said that they were just three years to five years from a nuclear weapon and asked for action to stop the purported threat. occupy wall street protesters are gathering in manhattan today to mark the first year anniversary of the movement. similar protests are taking place across the country. occupy activists are claiming to have carried out the largest series of banner drops in history under the slogan, get money out of politics. activists say 99 baena were
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dropped along roadways from albany, new york to washington, d.c. on friday the sting 99 individual reasons in support of campaign finance reform. the banners were hong at five locations along the capital, the george washington bridge, the delaware memorial bridge, and other locations. twitter has handed over the account details and message history of a occupy protester after a lengthy court dispute. they had been ordered to provide the information of the protester who had been arrested, along with other hundreds arrested along the brooklyn bridge. prosecutors say they subpoenaed their records to refute claims that police let them off of the pedestrian walkway. ritter had sought to avoid the order, saying it was an undue violation of speech.
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a chicago man has been arrested for attempting to set up a bomb. the 18-year-old was obtained on friday after allegedly detonating what he thought was a bomb inside the vehicle out i have a downtown bar, but in previous cases, the bomb was an alert device provided by an undercover informant. those are some of the headlines. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. occupy wall street protesters are converging in the financial district in manhattan today to mark the first anniversary of the movement's beginning. similar protests are taking place in dozens of cities. on september 17, 2011, thousands answer the call originally put out by the canadian magazine adbusters to occupy wall street. protesters slept in zucotti park for nearly two weeks before the
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police raided the encampment. the action inspired thousands of other encampments around the world. the occupy movement is largely credited for reprinting the national dialogue on economic inequality by popularizing the phrase, we are the 99%. we look back at some of our earliest coverage of the movement. >> i think the purpose for september 17, for many of us organizing and coming out, is to begin a conversation, as citizens, as people affected by this financial system in the collapse as to how we are going to fix it, what we're going to do in order to make it work again. >> thousands of protesters took to the streets of downtown manhattan for what was described as action to occupy wall street. >> i am upset that the bailout of wall street did not help
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anyone holding mortgages. all the money went to wall street and none of it went to main street. and we were told that geithner was asked to split up citi and did not do anything about it, and obama did not do anything about it. >> the idea is to have an encampment. this is not a one-day event. we are hoping that people come prepared to stay as long as they can, and we will support each other. >> people have to meet with another and start brainstorming ideas. essentially, the system will not save us, so we have to save ourselves. we are getting as many people to camp and rebuild society, as we see it. >> hundreds gathered to mark the anniversary with three days of events. protesters vowed to stage a number of direct action protests
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beginning in the financial district this morning. police began making arrests this morning just before we went to broadcast. another 50 were arrested over the weekend. we will get an update in a moment, but first,testers gathered in foley square to remember the one-year anniversary. it broke out in song and dance when tom barlow took the stage -- morello took the stage. >> i have been a supporter of occupy wall street almost since its inception. i played here when we were in zucotti park, during may day, and i will be here to support. we have to come up with new strategies of action to empower those who felt that first radicals park. what is new and exciting for me,
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what is different about the occupy movements, it was a brand new generation of people who had not been involved in protest or even charity work. the corporate malfeasance that has caused the global collapse has affected everyone. this is highlighting the protest economic inequality in our country and around the world. the 35 letter word of class and that was considered on a verbal before the occupy movements is now on everyone's list. >> we are a group that is addressing the problems of debt. right now, my total student debt is just over $145,000. the traditional political party is to not be offering a sort of debt forgiveness, and let it is for the banks. one of the things that we have started doing is holding debtor assemblies.
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we meet on sundays at noon. it started with just having assemblies and people coming out to speak out publicly about their debt, letting go of their shame.the da >> we are here protesting the pipeline. we decided to do something outside of bank of america and union square to connect the dots between the pipelines financing it. right as we were getting ready to talk and be on our merry way to march to foley square, a police man started to arrest me for no reason. i was released after being arrested for disorderly conduct.
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>> i am with the international brotherhood of electrical workers. there was a law against the unions. they want to have a stranglehold on the wall street politician we have, the 99%. right now, private-sector unions are about 5% of the population. public sector, 7%. they are dismantling us. wisconsin, obama never showed up there. there is no difference really between these two parties. they are under the influence of big money from wall street. i think occupy wall street has gone into the narrative, and in 99%.
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>> people are rallying to mark the first anniversary of occupy wall street. we are going to the streets of lower manhattan. allison is there. she writes for "the nation in" magazine. what do you see? >> there are hundreds of people marching in the streets. i have seen two arrests myself. i have seen reports of about 10 more. i just witnessed a photographer be arrested. the white shirt supervisor officers are acting very aggressively. there are officers on mopeds acting aggressively, telling people they will be arrested if they are walking in the streets. the protesters are not deterred yet. there are several factions walking all over wall street
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just trying to put up with the police presence. i am walking along south street. there are probably around 200 people. >> we are showing a live stream of what is happening in downtown manhattan. what are people saying right now and what is the state of zucotti park itself? >> i have seen reports of about 200 people at zucotti as well. more arrests are happening in that area. i was marching with the protesters and they were chanting anti-capitalism all day all week, occupy wall street. they seemed really excited to be back in the street. this is the biggest reunion since the height of occupied last year. >> allison, speaking to us from the streets of new york near
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wall street. we are going to take a break and come back and have a discussion about what happened a year ago and were the occupy movements is. stay with us. [♪]
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>> michelle shocked - "99% song." this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we are back in new york on this first anniversary of the occupy movements. joining us in the studio is frances fox piven, professor of sociology. she studied social movements and is the author most recently of "who is afraid of frances fox piven?" nathan schneider is with us, editor of the website waging
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nonviolence. he also writes about occupy for a number of publications. suzanne collado has been an organizer with occupy wall street since its inception and is a member of strike that, an effort to address the issue of debt. we welcome you all to democracy now! suzanne, you were among the first to be organizing a year ago. where were you a year ago today? >> i was watching you talk about what was happening. i thought, finally there is something happening in my city i can be a part of. days later, i was joining in. >> nathan schneider, talk about what this movement was one year ago. >> one year ago today people were in the financial district, as they are today, there was a
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lot of uncertainty, just a few thousand people,>> but there was incredible enthusiasm. i remember going to my first planning meeting. i knew there would be something different. i have not seen young people talk about this, feeling confident, that they could begin to make a change. >> frances fox piven, a year ago, did you expect to see this? >> not right away, i did not. when i first went down to zucotti park, it looked kind of small, did not look like a great, explosive movement. but then again, most movements do not start as great explosions. they start with people here and there, beginning to air their grievances and hopes. within a couple of weeks, i was
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excited. you could feel the vibrations. all the people you talked enthu. to -- especially, i could. i teach and i interact with young people all the time. i began to feel, finally, we had the beginnings of what could become a great movement that could change the united states, and we needed that movement so that the. >> at the time, you were very much under attack and in the week before by glenn beck who said you wanted to revolutionize this country. >> in a way, i did. so much was so wrong. but we do not know how to make a revolution. when we know is how to come together, share our grievances and hopes, and figure out the
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ways that we can make fair power. if that ends up revolutionizing american society, that will be for the better. >> nathan, talk about how you followed this to victory in violence -- in writing, and what we did nonviolent means. >> something that we have learned is that by paying attention to these things, how people are organizing, we can anticipate these ships of power. we can see how people build power, how people create movements from the ground up. that is why we were watching the planning of occupy wall street. i think the process that we have been watching over the past year is a growing community of people -- sometimes shrinking, but sometimes growing again --
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learning how to build power, where they can focus their energy, how they can do this in the long term, how they can move from the kind of cnn vision of tahrir square where the revolution happened in three weeks, which now is mistaken, to a more realistic picture. this is " take a lot of work and organizing. >> talk about the kind of organizing that went into this past weekend. >> people have been meeting in an affinity groups. yesterday, there was a very large affinity group spokes council when there were people from around the country meeting together under the headquarters of the nypd, planning their actions out in open for today. it was a remarkable meeting,
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like the meeting before may day last year. >> the plans for today around the york city? >> mostly in the financial district, people are planning to do distributed actions. they are blocking entrances to wall street, trying to symbolically and physically get in the way of the business of the 1%. then later today they will be a convergence around ecological issues around bowling green, and then afterwards, that will move into an assembly, practicing the kind of direct democracy that has been so important in the structure of occupy wall street's. >> suzanne collado, you are part of the group strike thadebt. talk about what you are putting out and what this movement is all about with occupy. >> we found out more than
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anything that before coming into the movement because they were outraged by a debt system. i had originally worked with a student campaign, focusing on student debt. over the year, we had been part of changing the conversation nationally are run student debt. at the beginning of the summer, we joined in with a group to become strike debt, and we are looking at that overall, student, medical, housing, and municipal. how we wage war on a debt finance. our grievances are related, and we are not alone. we have been holding these assemblies, starting education
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assemblies, to first of all have people first of all shed the shame of being in that spirit is a deep isolation to feel like you did something wrong. we see it as a political tool, to be able to keep people from their own power, because they are more focused on coming up with money for the banks, than what they would like to do for their lives. there are a lot of progress coming out of strike debt. one of them is the debt resisters operation manual. i have one of them for you. this is a collective work, no one person is the author. this is a proper -- >> the debt resisters operation manual. >> yes, this came out in the last few days. you can find this on our website,
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no other place that i am aware of analyzes all of these different kinds of debt in one place and then focuses on collective action for the future, which is really the purpose, to build a political movement around debt resistance, and to find creative ways to reinvent the strike. >> for example, with student debt, what is the collective talking about, what should student do? >> the first thing the students should do is realize that they are in debt. while they are students, they do not think about the debt they are accruing, because in is in deferrals. become aware of the fact -- for example, places like new york university, who are building
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these huge developments that would take over the village, as we know it -- is completely dead-finance. that project is contingent on students taking loans that they will pay off, presumably, for the rest of their lives. people should become aware of their place in this cycle, and their power in it. if we could come together and make action, there is a lot more that could happen. there is another word possible than just making your monthly payments. >> put this in an historical context. you covered movements from the 1960's, you have written about movements, everything from electoral politics, to voting. >> i think what the occupy movements is starting to do is discovering the forms of power
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that people covered have when ty refuse, when they defied the traditions -- debtors should be ashamed -- are when they change the rules that say you have to pay the interest and a tiny bit of principle and you have to scrounge to do it. instead, they are stepping back and looking at the relationship between the lenders, the big banks, predatory capital, and the borrowers. the lenders have power over the borrowers because they need money, but the borrowers may have power over the lenders, because the wealth of the lenders is in all of those debts being honored. if we can shake things up and begin to scrutinize those debts
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and figure out ways to reduce -- that is why it is strike debt. figure out ways to refuse debts that were incurred through deceit, need. if we can do that, we will have a new kind of movement, but it will be like older movements, a movement of defiance. it targets what has become so important to contemporary capitalism, debt. >> nathan schneider, you have been covering faith groups and how they relate to occupy. >> i was down there with a group that was led by a group of f
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aith leaders and veterans. they have been two groups in bringing past experiences into the present. >> one of those arrested was an episcopal pastor. >> yes, he has been arrested several times. his presence is important, again, going back to the issue of the long term. a couple of days ago there was a declaration issued by a group called the council of elders, a group of civil rights veterans. they were urging the young people who were leading occupy wall street. there is a sense that young people have to lead this, but these people from past movements are trying to offer their wisdom and resources to help those arr. >> last night there was a service and support. >> absolutely.
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it was very powerful. there were hundreds of people gathered into got a park, as many as in months -- zucotti park, as many as in months, and the religious structure provided some safety in that sense. >> a lot of the corporate media is letting the obituary for occupy. >> one thing i have found from calling organizers around the country that i have been working with over the past year is they keep saying, i know know who i will organize with for the rest of my life. a bond that have been created between people working together a day and night, and also over the internet, in networks that we know about, like facebook and twitter, but also networks that the movement has actually created. the people who want to work for change in a series and radical way know each other now, and
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they are doing it all over the country, sometimes under the banner of occupy, sometimes not. this summer we have really seen the escalation in the environmental struggles around utar sands oil, fracking, other forms of extraction. plot of the people leading these actions are people who met each other through the occupy movements. >> this year we are in an election year, which is very significant democracy now! spoke to tom morello and ask him about the power of electoral politics. >> i work for one the most progressive centers, and he spent all this time asking rich guys for money. he was well to the left of president obama.
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movements are always from the bottom up, not from the top down. i cannot wait for some drizzle down theory, for somebody to waive their magic mont. when there is a revolutionary change, it is always generated from the bottom. >> that is tom morello, who was a staffer for alan cranston, before he became a musician. he has parallels with barack obama. live in chicago, a white mother, father from kenya. the former lead singer for rage against the machine. suzanne, do you see this as an opportunity now? politicians are listening for the first time, when they're up for reelection, there is this window of occupy making demands of the elected leaders, becoming leaders themselves.
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>> there is an opportunity. people's years are open, not just people running for office, but people run the world are paying attention, and will more and more as the cause goes on. rather than making demands of politicians, i encourage people to act in a way that threatens the ability of politicians to keep the status quo from moving ahead. when we do that, threaten the ability of our leaders to stay comfortable in their offices, they are more likely to act in ways that we might not think possible if we just sat and waited for the election to come and go. >> what about making those demands, is that relevant? this is a key moment right now. >> yes, we make demands, and inevitably, it will be electoral politics that will channel of response to those demands, but
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the point is not a dialogue between movements and mainly guys running for reelection. they will promise the sky. they do it all the time. look and all of the broken promises in every election. this does not mean that i do not think electoral politics is not important, it is very important. i think that we need to reelect barack obama, not because he is going to respond just because we have a dialogue with him, but we need to re-elect him because he is vulnerable to the kind of
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momentum pressure leverage that a movement like strike debt can exert. he will have to respond. we do not want mitt romney, a republican senator, a republican house, because they might well respond with repression. >> more immigrants have been deported under president obama than any other in history, and the level of the militarization by the police in the last four years has escalated. >> yes, but it would have escalated more if john mccain had won the presidency, and we would have been may be better off if the tea party republicans had not taken control of the house of representatives in 2010. i am not saying that the electoral politics works the way it is supposed to work. it does not work the way it is
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supposed to work. that is one of the problems. it is one of the reasons why the united states has become so unequal. it is one of the reasons why we have the 99% versus the 1%. a lot of this has happened through public policy. nevertheless, the complex dynamics that movement can create in everyday life is useful, helpful to have an elected regime that has to worry about the people that are allied with the movement, that has to worry about those motor blocks, like the liberals in the civil rights movement, for example. that is to lyndon johnson was worried about when he responded ultimately to the civil-rights movement by echoing, we shall
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overcome, in one of his speeches. it was not just because of a dialogue with the movement that occurred before the election. it was because the movement was so forceful and disruptive, that civil rights movement, that it polarize the country. lyndon johnson could not take the chance of being on the side of what was becoming a minority white, southern bloc. >> the occupy movements, do you see encampments happening again? >> it does not look like it, necessarily. actually, there have been small encampments on going. there has been one of going for weeks and months right along wall street and broadway.
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it is very small, but it is there. there are others around the country. i think more and more people are realizing that the tactic of occupy have some limits. they will have to think about that word occupy a bit more broadly, and think about other tactics and strategies that will carry this movement forward and start building the power we are talking about. >> it is pretty clear, this movement has occupied the consciousness of this country. >> i think there are people that identified with occupy that did not think they would. i remember talking to people who were locked out of their work at coned, ever considered themselves part of the occupy movements. one of the possible future is for us, if we were to take on debt in a serious political way, this is being modeled in iceland. we hear little about it in our media, unfortunately. people have taken over their own
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country and written off their own debts, thrown out politicians who were corrupt and interested in their own self- interest. it is going for weeks and beautiful that it is happening in iceland. this is something that we can do, in a way that is distinctly connected to our own communities, where people can simply say, i do not owe you anything, wall street. you have filled your pocket by being predatory for me -- to me and my community, and i'm willing to put myself on the line, like so many of our friends and colleagues are doing. >> i want to thank you all for being with us. suzanne collado, nathan schneider, and frances fox
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piven. when we come back, we will look at how occupy affected one community in new york. in sunset park.
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>> "this land is your land" by
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woodie guthrie played by tom morello. this is democracy now!,, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. tonight, one gonzales will be speaking at the national press club in washington, d.c. and we are continuing our silence a majority collet tore around the country. we came back here for the first year anniversary of occupy, but then we are flying to michigan. tuesday i will be speaking in grand rapids for a benefit for the grand rapids community center. on wednesday, we are broadcasting from chicago. on thursday, i will be in madison, wisconsin to speak at a benefit for the community radio station wrot. later i will be at hayward, wisconsin. on saturday, at the wesley united methodist church in minneapolis. you can visit our website, tour
6:48 pm, and find more information on this nationwide tour. we are continuing our coverage of the occupy wall street'. for the past two years, the residents of sunset park in brooklyn have refused to pay rent on their apartments where the landlord has refused to provide safe living conditions. there were problems of the electrical issues and repeated rodent problems. the residence contacted all. now there is talk about the tenants ginny ownership by
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forming a tenants' association. we are now joined by three guests. sara lopez, longtime guest of sunset park. she had been organizing with the residence in the building. dennis flores is an organizer with occupy sunset park. lord god of steiner is a freelance journalist who has been covering the story in sunset park and beyond. we welcome you all to democracy now! we are going to begin with dennis flores. talk about one year ago and what occupy wenmeant to you, and whee you took it. >> last year, and in sunset park, a group of us got together and said this movement need to
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be brought to our community. the issues we have been dealing with, whether it is gentrification, low-income housing, police brutality, we needed to be part of the conversation of the occupy movements. through the trinity church, we said we should open up and have our first general assembly, which was october 7 of last year. we had a handful of organizers show up at the first meeting, but there was triple the police. >> downtown manhattan. >> sunset park, brooklyn, and there were about 15 copps and about five or six organizers. we started to have this discussion and then the police broke into the church to count how many people were there, afraid of what we're going to
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start doing. that got a lot of people brookl, got the pastor upset, -- >> why did you go from zucotti to sunset park? >> i am born and raised in sunset park. there are things that we are dealing with that have to be a part of this conversation. >> describe your neighborhood. >> we are mostly a latino, chinese working-class immigrant community. there is a lot of police stop and frisk. there are places where people of color are repressed and under attack. the 99% needed to include people of color, the people that are on the forefront of struggling. >> sarah, what did it mean to you to have people like dennis come back to work with you in your buildings?
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>> we have a landlord, and the building is in foreclosure. housing is a human right. we are fighting for that. we are going to continue fighting for that. we have to live in better conditions. >> or buildings are in foreclosure? >> yes. >> we have garbage in the basement. there is electricity problems. there is an infestation of
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garbage in the building. this has been going on for years. >> can you put this in a national context? >> people understanding that wall street is on -- affecting them and their communities. people are understanding the system analysis, that wall street is effectively everywhere, from buildings in new york, to roll farms in minnesota. we understand this is connected. we need to go into these communities and organize. member to come the people in those communities say that they need to take a radical approach because nothing that they have been doing is helping. one year into the anniversary of occupy wall street, it is exciting to see more and more people embrace direct action. i am not just going to ask my
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landlord to do something about this. i recognize he is in foreclosure. i will not pay my rent. i will organize a work day. they had a work day at the apartment a couple of days ago, and they cleaned up so much. this is something the city is not doing, something the landlord is not doing. i see this in detroit, where i see grandmothers refusing to leave their homes, lying down in the offices of their mortgage companies, saying i am not leaving. people in chatanooga say they are not leaving this public housing unit. we are seeing this in chicago with the teachers' strike. that is one of the hotbeds of direct action. we see incredible work by the chicago anti eviction campaign, other homeless communities, saying we do not recognize the bank's ownership of these vacant houses.
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bank of america cannot just slap a sign on behalf of the homes in our neighborhood and say you cannot go in, where more and more people are being displaced by the capitalist system. they are going in and taking these places over, creating not just a place to live, but we're creating something that should not be owned by the bank's right now. >> sarah, did you know you're part of a larger movement, as you were organizing a rent strike in your building? >> organizing a rent strike in the building, it was not easy, knocking on every one store. -- everyone's door. i know that they are going to help us do a lot of things.
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i am glad that they are still around. >> dennis flores, what it means to you to come back to your community, the tactics of occupiey? >> it connects us with people that normally we would not work with. now we have all these resources we are able to tap into and get support from outside of the community. >> end for people who are writing obits about the occupy movements, what do you say? >> what is taking place in these local, general assembly's around the country is really the future of the movement. there are other movements like take back the bronx, who have been doing work around police brutality, people like that who have taken up the fight. >> i want to thank you all for
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being with us. returned to the streets now, an independent journalist with a radio dispatch. john, what is happening, where are you? >> i met the corner of broadway and morris. there are several different groups that have converged near the iconic wall street's bull. occasionally, breaking down into a dance party. there are easily a couple of hundred activists here. i would say an equal number of police officers as well.
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>> you saw the episcopal bishop george packer get arrested? >> yes, i was next to him when he was arrested, with, i believe, 10 other people. that was a planned action. he was conferring with one police commander about how the arrests were going to commence. then after that, a different high-ranking officer, edward winsky, who is the tories with occupy groups, -- >> converged i want to thank yog with us from the streets of new york. we continue to cover the occupy movements. that does it for our show. the silent majority tour
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